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Levee protecting Poplar Bluff breaches, police say

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 10:15 a.m. CDT; updated 10:33 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 26, 2011

POPLAR BLUFF — A police officer says a levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding has breached and that authorities are planning to evacuate residents from more homes in the area.

Poplar Bluff police Officer Daron House said Tuesday that water is pouring through a crack in the levee on a road southeast of Poplar Bluff and that crews are looking into a report of a possible second breach.

He says water from the breach is pouring into a drainage ditch but that officials are concerned it could flood a wider area.

He says officials are planning to evacuate more homes. About 1,000 homes were evacuated Monday and some have been flooded by water from the Black River that has poured over the levee in about 30 locations.

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